I traveled with my wife to Munnar and was looking for some quiet accommodation with scenic advantage as I had heard Munnar to be a beautiful location. Plus I had been married recently so peaceful time was in my agenda. My travel advisor company came with offer at this hotel due to my budget constraints. I checked on tripadvisor and especially, the comment of user SacinDoshi83. I agreed with the hotel booking.
On the day of arrival at Munnar, I actually realized that the location is 20 plus kms from the town center. You see, 20 kms in Delhi is nothing but in hills it is a lot! But we were happy as the way to this hotel was full with scenic charm. Tea gardens, hill view points, it is all good. Plus, we were intended to go to Thekkady next so it saved our journey time there. Plus, for some reason, the Munnar town did not impress me. Too much crowd and traffic and no view of beauty in the vicinity.
I took the cues from the previous reviews on tripadvisor and asked for the top floor room of the hotel when I arrived. I had no problem in getting the so called grand/suite room with big balcony and the best view one could expect at Munnar. For that matter, Chinnakanal should be the ideal place to stay rather than Munnar. As mentioned by other fellow travelers, Chinnakanal has many good resorts and Fort Munnar, which is one of the high-end resort, is just in front of this hotel.
The amenities in the hotel room is basic. However, the bed is new and good. Unclean towels, small soap, no water heating facility, etc. should be expected. Food is spicy and basic, or at least in dinner because we liked the breakfast. Soft and light idli and tasty uttapam with coocnut chutney were ideal for simple breakfast and we did not expect much from this hotel.
From the top floor room balcony, I could view 2 lakes at the distance, hills covered with forest and the best part, the setting sun! This hotel is basic but you could feel you are getting the worth if you are seated on the balcony of its top floor room.
I did not interact with so called 'manager'. For us, the guy named Prabhu was the star. He took good care of us. A hard working educated chap, I think he is the real deal there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deluxe class hotel with lake view rooms. All rooms have balcony to view nature at its best. It's located 20 minutes drive from busy Munnar town through misty tea estates, water falls and gap road - which makes it an ideal location for family holidays and romantic getaways. We arrange sunrise and sunset jeep safari to 'Kolukkumalai'- world's highest tea plantation and tea factory. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Gateway Of Munnar Kerala, India - Chinnakanal